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Ah, everyone loves sweet little Alice. She's so beautiful, but she looks as if she's always just one sharp word away from bursting into tears.

A fragile flower is that one character who always looks like she (or he) is just about ready to cry. In fact, they probably are. Sometimes, they will to try and keep their emotions inside, but ultimately fail. One small incident and they are crying. It is possible for anything to cause them to cry, but it is most often a harsh insult directed at them.

There may be a few reasons for a fragile flower's behavior. They might just be super sensitive by nature. There might have been something in their past such as emotional abuse from peers or some other form of BreakTheCutie that caused them to be this way. Most characters who know the fragile flower are careful not to upset them when talking. Other more JerkAss characters will most likely try to make them cry, in which case the fragile flower may eventually force themselves to become desensitized towards insults.

Pretty popular in Japanese media since it's often played as [[{{moe}} cute]].

Also known as the "Sad Girl In Snow".

Most often female, though it can be a male in order to be PlayedForLaughs.

Compare TheIngenue and ShrinkingViolet.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Matsuri in ''StrawberryMarshmallow''.
* Vanilla in ''SugarSugarRune''.
* Mikuru in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' takes this to satirical lengths.
* Nazuna in ''Manga/HidamariSketch''. She has a heck lack of confidence.
* Sumire in ''TrampsLikeUs'' is outwardly a SugarAndIceGirl, but she is often seen hiding in the bathroom, crying.
* Sakuno Ryuzaki in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' is a more or less normal ShrinkingViolet, but the anime makes her more like this.
* Mitsuru, Ritsu Sohma [[GenerationXerox and his mom]] in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''.
* Mihashi from ''OokikuFurikabutte'' acts like this due to the bullying he received while in middle school.
--> '''Abe''': And stop sniveling, it looks like I'm bullying you.
* Princess Shirahoshi from ''Manga/OnePiece'' doesn't just ''look'' like she would burst into tears from something trivial like being awakened from a nap -- she actually does. She has an excuse though, having watched her mother die and then forced to spend 10 years locked up in a tower due to death threats in the form of giant flying axes that can home in on her. She gets a little better after making some friends, though.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s Jacuzzi Splot (the show's primary source of man-{{moe}}) is prone to crying at the slightest misstep outside of his comfort zone. This, surprisingly enough, ''doesn't'' stop him from being a [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass crazily heroic badass]] when the cards are down.
** Meanwhile, Lua Klein could be considered a subversion. She ''looks'' a lot like this type of character, but is in reality a [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] DeathSeeker.
* Kanae Ohtori from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. [[spoiler: Until Mikage puts the whammy on her and she goes CuteAndPsycho.]]
* Shuuichi Nitori from ''WanderingSon''. He used to cry a lot, but has gotten over that. Nowadays he mopes and lets things go to his head.
* Hinako from ''BitterVirgin''. [[ParentalIncest With]] [[TeenPregnancy good]] [[TheWoobie reason.]]
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - Yukiho.
* Yayoi in ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' is described in the first episode as a crybaby whose tears start flowing with even the smallest nudge. She's also seen crying when she uses her Cure powers during the opening.
* From ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** All of the [[TheChewToy Baltic States]] can qualify when Russia's around, but Latvia in particular is this way ''all the time''; all three are rare male examples that ''aren't'' PlayedForLaughs (at least not more so than anything else in [[SadistShow this show]]);
** [[TeamMom Ukraine]] is this, too (also note that both she and the Baltics are this [[TruthInTelevision for good reason]]);
** Finland also quotes this trope:
--> '''Finland''': I'm a frightened, fragile flower, so I decided I should go with him!
* In a filler episode in the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' anime, Ranma himself becomes [[CharacterExaggeration a caricature/parody]] when he hits his head and becomes extremely frail and sensitive. [[LossOfIdentity "She" squeals in disgust at having to wash his boxers]] and faints when Akane accidentally cuts her finger.
* Chihiro in ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}''. What makes it particularly cute is that she's actually crying out of ''compassion'' for her friend Fuu (the protagonist) whose father died some time ago. Chihiro starts crying whenever she ''thinks'' she ''might'' have said something that reminded Fuu of her late father, even after Fuu actually starts to get over her father's death.
* Sota's sister Izu[[MostWritersAreWriters mi]] from ''Manga/{{Working}}'' fits this trope quite well.
* Mamoru is this in ''Literature/ShinSekaiYori''. Very emotionally sensitive, he doesn't react at all well to all the conspiracies the group uncovers.
* Hiren in ''Manga/UndertakerRiddle''. Hayato even says that calm Hiren dwom is like calming down a kid.
* Haruka in ''Manga/KotouraSan'' has no constitution for sudden pressure, and she caves like a house of cards when threatened. It's often PlayedForLaughs, at which point it's kind of cute. As the series goes on, she tries to address this and grow some backbone, but it seems a part of it will always be ingrained into her nature. ''That said'', it is unclear whether this is the cause, or the effect of her previous decade-long BreakTheCutie that just started to heal.
* Fumi from ''Manga/AoiHana'', a trait that stuck with her since childhood.
--> '''Akira:''' You're always so quick to cry, Fumi.
* Vivio during ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', what with being a six-year old orphan. [[CharacterDevelopment She eventually grows out of it]] after the events of the season.
* Shinji from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' could be considered a rare ''serious'' male example. While he may not fit into [[TestosteronePoisoning American standards of male attractiveness]], he is stated to be attractive in-universe, and, thanks to deeply-rooted self-esteem issues and having the pleasure of witnessing his mother turn to goo at an early age, rather insecure, delicate, and all too easy to upset with just a few words, particularly in the prologue arc, where he rarely made it through an episode without a SparklingStreamOfTears.
* The titular character of ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' is a [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] case because she's an {{Otaku}} [[ClosetGeek in secret]] (hence the title) and is constantly afraid of being discovered and shamed for a hobby that society in general [[DoubleStandard thinks is just perverted and disgusting]]. She actually did get found out while she was in elementary school and has carried those insecurities since then.
* Madoka of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' appears to be this, but she defies it by continuing to help out despite her very legitimate trauma, even after [[spoiler:almost everyone else dies. She eventually becomes ''immune'' to despair]].
* Enju Aiahra from ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' is sweet, [[NiceGirl kind-hearted]] 10-year-old girl and cursed child who, [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer despite being treated as trash for being born with the Gastrea virus in her body like most cursed children]], [[ThePollyanna always maintain a]] [[CheerfulChild sunny disposition]]. Despite this, one her flaws of her character is she's a very sensitive person who is [[TenderTears prone to breaking down in tears easily]]. [[spoiler: It's highly implied that if Enju were to find out that she'll eventually die or turn into a Gastrea monster, this will be enough [[BreakTheCutie to completely break her forever]].]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* Sarah Packard from ''Film/TheHustler'', who has been rejected and scorned so many times that she needs to [[DrowningMySorrows drown her sorrows]] to get through the day. Needless to say, she's prone to this trope whether drunk or sober.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Beth Ellen Hanson of ''HarrietTheSpy'' is described as "Always look[ing] like she might cry". In a subversion, Harriet writes that this just makes her want to kick her and get it over with.
** In Beth Ellen's own book, ''The Long Secret'', we learn that Beth Ellen cries in private because her grandmother has taught her that's what a ProperLady does. But she has a crying fit during a sleepover after her RichBitch mother returns -- and Harriet gently takes her hand and holds it until she's through.
* Every single darn character in ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' male or female. The Shining Prince himself is incredibly lachrymose. Of course [[ValuesDissonance this was considered an attractive characteristic in Heian Japan]].
* Enid Blyton's ''MaloryTowers'' school stories feature Mary-Lou, who is this trope to a T. She gets a lot better.
* Mary Anne Spier, secretary of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'', is described as being so sensitive she'll cry at long-distance telephone commercials.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'''s sequel, Rose is this, mainly stemming from childhood trauma.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''TheBradyBunch'': Marcia is by far the biggest crybaby of the Brady siblings. She cries when she doesn't get to go on a family ski trip, gets kicked out of a play, is rejected by a potential date to a school dance (and then several years later, after another date rejects ''her''), is treated rudely by her siblings while reading her campaign speech for student body president, when she wilts under pressure during her driving test ... she just had frail nerves. As an adult, Marcia wells up when she is unable to find work as an adult and after realizing she's humiliated her family at a ribbon cutting for one of Mike's office complex projects.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Virtually every one of the Ingalls, especially Charles(!) and Laura, who often cried at the drop of a hat. Except for possibly Nels Olesen and his son, Willie, most of the other people of Walnut Grove were more than willing to share their feelings ... from big, hulking men like Jonathan Garvey and the uncouth Mr. Edwards to the spoiled tantrums of Harriet Olesen and her daughters, Nellie (in her spoiled, wild years) and especially Nancy.
* Marisol Delko in ''Series/CSIMiami''.
* Nikki Alexander in ''Series/SilentWitness''.
* ''Series/TheCloser'': Despite being a tough ActionGirl, our heroine is always one blink away from tearing up.
* Tess in TheBBC's 2008 adaptation of ''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'', as played by Gemma Arterton.
* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Understudy," Jerry's [[GirlOfTheWeek girlfriend]] cries at almost anything from dropping a hot dog to her untied shoelace. However, she [[AngstWhatAngst doesn't cry when her grandmother dies]].
* Sophie in ''Series/PeepShow'', though she's also a ManipulativeBastard.
* A TakeOurWordForIt male example in ''Series/{{Wings}}'', when Helen dates a man who cries when she mentions her dead dog; she becomes disillusioned when she realizes he cries at everything. "We went to a Marx Brothers film and he was crying because Harpo couldn't talk."
* Guinevere in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', mainly because the writers do a lot of horrible things to her, {{lampshaded}} by [[Creator/AngelCoulby the actress herself]]: "they like making me cry." Of course, she's also a perfect example of SilkHidingSteel: expect her to cry whilst simultaneously demonstrating great strength of character.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Mélisande in Maurice Maeterlinck's play ''Pelléas and Mélisande''.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* Yoriko in ''DaCapo'' at first has great trouble interacting with people and, of course, always seems close to tears. Oddly enough, having ''rocks'' thrown at her apparently didn't bother her in the slightest.
* Kotomi in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' is more or less exempt from Tomoya's normal [[TheGadfly teasing]] due to her reaction of starting to tear up and ask if someone is a bully when feeling at all threatened. Naturally, learning to deal with Kyou takes her a little while.
* Hanako Ikezawa from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. Having burn scars that cover the entire right half of your body will do that to you. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Or not.]] Treating her like one ends ''[[PlayerPunch very badly]]''.]]
* According to one of his less-effectual titles in ''YggdraUnison'', Nessiah--despite his status as the local MagnificentBastard--cries very easily when hurt or frustrated. If the player's performance is substandard, this happens often enough that his enemies start to mock him for being childish, and his subordinates have to devote a lot of time to taking care of him. As Nessiah's social skills are strange at best, he never really becomes cognizant of the burden he's putting on them.
* Evanine in the ''NeverwinterNights'' mod Tales of Arterra.
* Neimi of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' is pegged a crybaby right from the start. Being childhood friends with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Colm]] doesn't help much. [[spoiler: Amusingly subverting in their final support conversation, where he hears he howling and asks why, rattling off a long list of reasons. Neimi tells him she's in a good mood and just had something in her eye this time, much to his consternation.]]
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* Hanami in ''{{Tasakeru}}'', as part of her general [[FlowerMotifs flower motif]], can be overly sensitive at times.
* Parodied mercilessly with Lucy and Patrick of ''TheWarComms''. Played [[TheWoobie heartbreakingly]] straight with Syrius, however, and to a slightly lesser extent Molly.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* PlayedForLaughs male example: Jimmy from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy''.
* Fluttershy in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Note that, however, she is [[CharacterDevelopment growing]] out of this big aspect of her, as she has become noticeably more assertive in season 2. There was, in fact, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown a whole episode]] based on it and she has repeatedly shown herself able to break out of this attitude in emergencies.
* Amy Wong and Dr. Zoidberg in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' temporarily turn into Fragile Flowers in a [[PlayedForLaughs one-shot joke]] when Bender is trying to get Fry to [[ItMakesSenseInContext cry out a liquid alien emperor trapped in his body]]:
-->'''Bender:''' Man, I guess it's harder than I thought to make someone cry.\\
'''Amy:''' You did your best, Bender.\\
'''Bender:''' Up yours, bimbo!\\
''(Amy runs away crying)''\\
'''Zoidberg:''' Let's face it, we're in hot butter here. We should call Leela for help.\\
'''Bender:''' Cram it, lobster!\\
''(Zoidberg runs away crying)''\\
'''Bender:''' That is a good idea. I'll go call her.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is a male example that isn't always PlayedForLaughs. In fact, making [[NiceGuy Spongebob]] cry is considered a gross act of cruelty, and whoever is responsible for hurting his feelings almost immediately gets [[YouBastard scolded]] by whoever happens to witness it, or just feels [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilty]]. It really doesn't take very much to make him cry, either- in one episode, a particularly mean customer yelled at him and threw a pizza box in the face, causing him to flop over on the ground, sob ''deeply'' for a while, and not stop until Squidward cheered him up.
* [[KindheartedSimpleton Pops]] from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is another rare male example that isn't always played for laughs- in fact, seeing Pops cry is absolutely heartbreaking sometimes. Pops is very sensitive and it doesn't take much to make him cry. When someone does greatly upset him, his friends immediately come to his aid and stick up for him.
* Stacy Rowe in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' collapses in tears over the slightest thing. Luckily, she starts to grow out of it in the fifth season, and in one episode her reputation as this even works to her ''advantage'' when she's trying to trick an audience.
* Bubbles in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is normally this (especially in the first season episode "Octi-Evil") but once in awhile she's not afraid to kick it up a notch.
* Penny Ling in ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012''
* Lockette in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' is prone to crying when in trouble and freaks out a lot, especially if Darkar is involved. She manages to grow out of this eventually.
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